Prime Minister says he’s ‘completely reconciled’ with the possibility of tougher measures in the coming weeks in England
In the coming weeks, Boris Johnson raised the possibility that even stricter lockdown measures, including school closures, could be imposed in England to curb rising rates for Covid 19.
The prime minister said he was “fully reconciled” with the fact that he “may have to do things that will be tougher in the coming weeks.” amid worries about pressures on the NHS and the greater transmissibility of the latest variant coronavirus.
He also admitted that the constraints on the coronavirus “are likely to get tougher.”
Almost eight out of 10 individuals in England are currently under “stay-at-home” Level 4 initiatives, which include closing non-essential businesses and strictly restricting one-to-one outdoor meetings between households, but Johnson indicated that even tougher measures could be enforced.
“Asked if in the near future it might be necessary to introduce tougher “Tier 5” restrictions, Johnson said on Sunday on BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show, “We will have to do something in the next few weeks that will be… certain areas of the nation will be tougher… I’m totally reconciled with that.
I’m betting that this country’s people are also reconciled to that.
“tougher”tougher”Until the vaccine comes out in a big way, we’re fighting the virus with the same tools.”We’re fighting the virus with the same tools until the vaccine comes out in a big way.
Asked what it would mean and whether it would entail, for instance, March-style restrictions or a curfew like those introduced in a new Stage 5 in other nations, Johnson responded, “You talked about Stage 5, I didn’t say that, but there are obviously a number of … tougher measures that we would have to consider.”
Asked what they were going to be, the prime minister said, “I’m not going to speculate on what they might be right now, but I’m sure all of our viewers or listeners will understand… clearly, the school closures that we had to do in March are one of those… things.”
It’s not really something that we would like to do.
Johnson agreed that the situation is “very difficult,” adding, “We’re fully committed to doing what it takes to contain the virus, and that may include tougher measures … in the weeks ahead.”
What we’re doing now is using the tiering system, which is a really difficult system… and it’s only going to get harder to keep things under control, sadly.
But we will check it.
“He added, “And we have the possibility of tens of millions of vaccines coming to market… and that, I think, is something that can keep people on their toes at a time when I predicted it was going to be a very bumpy time back at your show in October.
It’s bumpy and it’s going to be bumpy.
Johnson separately urged parents to send their children to elementary school on Monday in areas of the country where they have yet to open, amid threats of tougher steps on the horizon and in the face of opposition from education unions.
Sir Mark Walport, who is on the Sage (Emergency Scientific Advisory Group) and was formerly in the U.K. The top scientific advisor of the government said that it was “pretty clear” that further controls would be needed to prevent the transmission of the virus.
Without far more rigorous social distancing steps, it would be very, very difficult to keep it under control,”It’s going to be very, very difficult to get it under control without much stricter social distancing measures,”
These interventions could possibly involve the closing of schools, he said, adding, “We know that transmission occurs within schools, we know that a person between the ages of 12 and 16 is seven times more likely to introduce the infection into a household, and we know that there was a small drop in transmission among school children after the school semester, which then increased again when they returned.”
The minutes of the Dec. 22 Sage meeting show that the group was worried that even if all schools were locked down and closed entirely, given the new version, the R count would not drop below one.